Meet Donald Trump’s ‘basket of deplorables’

From The Washington Post:

“Grow a brain, b—-!” one protester shouted at a Trump backer. Another pointed at rallygoers and yelled: “Racist a——s!” A third held a sign that read: “Make racists afraid again.”

Then they chanted in unison: “Love trumps hate! Love trumps hate! Love trumps hate!”

“They have these vulgar signs, yet they’re screaming about love,” said Lisa Jones, 51, a Trump supporter from Hendersonville, N.C. “And we’re the ones that are intolerant? We’re deplorable and intolerant? Well, we just found out that we’re deplorable. We thought that we were just intolerant.”

Many rallygoers here in this mountain town Monday evening shrugged off Hillary Clinton’s controversial remark that “half” of Trump’s supporters belong in a “basket of deplorables” because they are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.” While the Democratic candidate has expressed regret for using the word “half,” she has not abandoned her assertion that some of Trump’s supporters are truly deplorable.

“It made me feel real little,” said John Warren, 72, of Asheville, who wore a camouflage “Make America Great Again” cap. “That she was downplaying us. I mean, we are voters and, you know, we respect her. But not in the position she is running for.”

Many Trump supporters say they have been called much worse for their views on same-sex marriage, abortion, transgender rights, Syrian refugees, illegal immigration and race relations. Like the Republican nominee, they say they aren’t afraid to say politically incorrect things and no amount of name-calling from liberals is going to change that.

“One man’s steak is another man’s baloney,” said a 62-year-old salesman from Tennessee who said he was proud to have sold 14 Confederate flags outside the rally but did not want his name published. “Just like a woman: …

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